Smith stormy over side’s in­con­sis­tency

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NICK SMART

been coach­ing for the last few years. It won’t hap­pen again.

“We are shocked but if I had to run out with that same group of guys again in three weeks we could get the job done.

“Go­ing into game three, that was a side we thought we could win with.”

Da­ley showed faith in his play­ers af­ter their game one dis­ap­point­ment, in par­tic­u­lar halves Trent Hod­kin­son and Mitchell Pearce, and they re­paid that with the MCG Ori­gin II win. But game three was a dif­fer­ent story al­to­gether. MEL­BOURNE skip­per Cameron Smith says his side needs “an at­ti­tude read­just­ment” af­ter slump­ing to a fourth con­sec­u­tive loss yesterday.

The Storm’s mid- sea­son malaise con­tin­ued in Auck­land where the un­pre­dictable New Zealand War­riors ran in five tries to notch a 28- 14 win at Mt Smart Sta­dium. It is the first time since 2012 the Storm have dropped four games in a row, although that year they went on to win the premier­ship.

Back­ing up af­ter Wed­nes­day’s State of Ori­gin tri­umph, Queens­land skip­per Smith said his side needed some con­sis­tency.

“We just need a bit of an at­ti­tude read­just­ment to­wards our football,” Smith said.

“Our start tonight wasn’t good enough.”

Fel­low Ma­roons star Cooper Cronk said the Ori­gin dis­rup­tion was not to blame for the loss. “It is a tough time of year for us as a footy team but there are no ex­cuses for that,” Cronk said. “De­fen­sively, we should be bet­ter than that, no mat­ter what.”

It was al­ways go­ing to be tough for Mel­bourne af­ter another slug­gish start, with the War­riors cross­ing less than

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just five min­utes into the match. The video ref­eree de­nied them for a knock- on but the War­riors had two tries on the board in the first 25 min­utes.

The War­riors con­tin­ued to tor­ment Storm and looked like scor­ing on ev­ery set early on. They took ad­van­tage of some fee­ble de­fence to score again and lead 16- 0 at half- time.

Storm were un­lucky not to score in the first half when winger Richie Ken­nar twice came within inches of get­ting the ball down over the line.

Mel­bourne are at home on Fri­day night against Pen­rith in what will be Smith’s 300th match.

Shaun John­son cel­e­brates the War­riors’ win.

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